When Brud DeLuca joined the Stamford Rotary Club 51 years ago, he didn't know how important it would be.
"I was a young man. I was only about 27 years old," said Brud DeLuca.
in 1962, his father was asked to be an international director for rotary.
"That's the entire rotary all over the world. So they thought it'd be a good idea if I came into the club. Well being 27 years old, I thought of all these people as my father's peers and I didn't really want to become a rotarian with all these old men," said DeLuca.
But he says it became one of the best decisions of his life. DeLuca is now the longest standing member of the club.
"It's the friendships you make and also the service you provide for other people in the community," said DeLuca.
This year, the club is celebrating 90 years of that service.
"We believe there are a set of values that define us," said Arisleyda Riehl, a board member of the club. "It's about having a character and getting together for service."
In 1970, DeLcuca became president of the club. At that time, he says they raised the initial seed money for the drug liberation program in the city.
"We raised 10,000 dollars, which in 1970 was a fair amount of money, and it got that drug program started and today that's a tremendous program," said DeLuca.
From 1923 to 2013, their mission remains, and is passed down through generations.
This Saturday, the club will celebrate its milestone with a dinner event at the Royal Green restaurant. You can find more details below:
6 p.m. at Royal Green Restaurant at Sterling Farms. Fivecourse wine dinner $100/person, which includes gratutity and service.
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org/(516) 398-4821